Hexton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hexton family

The surname Hexton was first found in Devon and or Cornwall. "It may also be of Cornish origin, for Tonkin derives Hexworthy, the name of a barton in Lanwhitton or Lawhitton, from hesk, hesken, a reed or bulrush; and Hext may be derived from a plural, perhaps heskydd." [1]

"This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the highest'; Anglo-Saxon hext,' highest' " [2]

In Somerset, Nicholas Exte and Walter Hexte were both listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III) [3]

Early History of the Hexton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hexton research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1091, 1399, 1538, 1327, 1455, 1487, 1600, 1665, 1631 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Hexton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hexton Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hexton were recorded, including Hexte, Hext, Heckst, Hekst, Exte, Ext, Eckst and others.

Early Notables of the Hexton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hexton family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hexton family emigrate to North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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